By SARAH FITZMAURICE
On Sunday night's live show James Arthur was crowned winner of the X Factor 2012.
The former bedsit resident, 24, was speechless as he learned that he had gained more votes than runner up Jahmene Douglas.
He said: 'Thank you, thank you so much. Have I really won? Wow. I don't know what to say.'
Jahmene praised the winner and told Dermot: 'It's such a blessing to even share a stage with such a talent, he's my idol.'
James and Jahmene were seen locked in an emotional embrace as the result was revealed and it's clear the pair have bonded during their time together in this competition.
The Middlesbrough-born star, who won with 54 percent of the public vote, was presented with his winner's single, a cover of Shontelle's Impossible.
Profit from the single goes to the Together For Short Lives charity.
Despite being in shock James said: 'I'm so pleased it's going to a good cause, thank you so much to everyone who voted for me - I'm so thankful.'
Dermot then asked if he could perform his new single one more time and James replied: 'I'll try'.
James' victory was watched by more than 10,000 fans at the Manchester Central venue, and there were a number of familiar faces in the crowd including professional footballers, soap stars and reality TV stars.
Before the winner was announced both James and Jahmene performed two songs and viewers were also treat to three incredible guest performances.
The former Asda worker took to the stage first to sing Robbie Williams' hit track Angels, and his performance left the panel gushing.
Tulisa told him: 'I'm really happy you picked that song.'
She added that he sounded 'amazing'.
Louis Walsh said he wanted Jahmene to win the show and said: 'You are an incredible role model.'
Before adding: 'I want him to win.'
Gary Barlow acknowledged Jahmene's tough start in life and said: 'You have been battling with your past and fighting for your future you have done it with such dignity and grace.'